I was at my daughter’s gymnastics class, and it happened to be a “fun” day. There weren’t enough kids to join into the parachute game, so they asked the kids who were watching to join in. There were a number of kids, just sitting there with us adults in the freezing cold gymnastics room, and I thought, “Wow, just watch them run up and join in!” I couldn’t believe it, not one child took the chance to jump in and have fun! You know what they were doing? Playing on iPads and mobile phones! (more…)
I got this email today from my beautiful friend who I have known since I was five, so yes I can trust her. At first I thought it was a scam because it looked suss, so I texted her to see if it really was from her. “Yep,” she said “It’s worth the read”. Ok, I thought, so I did.
I don’t know if it originates from the US, but it’s worth taking note. (more…)
We went to a birthday party the other day, and the traditional “lollibag” took on a whole new meaning. It was an oversized plastic “chuppa chup”, (pictured above), with mini lollipops inside it. Oh, and it doubles as a money box when all the sugar fixes on a stick are consumed! It came in an awesome oversized wrapper, in the same design as an actual “chuppa chup” wrapper. (Don’t know where that is right now!). To add to the delight, there was also a jar of jelly beans, just in case we didn’t quite get enough hyperactivity out of the first lot! (more…)
“Is it ok for kids to be bored on the school holidays?” I heard this question being thrown around the other day, and it made me think. Well, is it ok? I think the answer is “Yes!” Yes, because it forces kids to use their imagination to entertain themselves. Is that such a bad thing? (more…)
If your kids have to use an iPad for school, be it primary or secondary school, please read this post. My son started Year 7 this year and his school requires the kids to have and use an iPad. Which is great, in theory, however have you ever tried to complete a homework assignment on it? Crazy! (more…)
“What kind of a mother lets her son do this?”, was the question I asked myself over and over again as I sat in my warm car and watched, as my son battled it out on the rain drenched footy field. The weather was atrocious! I had never before seen a game where the kids actually got cleaner as the game went on, thanks to the pounding, relentless rain which washed their arms and legs but made sure that the mud that would stain their white shorts for days, got thicker and thicker! (more…)